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Peter Johnson

PETER JOHNSON preceded George W. Bush as head cheerleader at Andover, got his bachelor's and master's degrees at Harvard, and became a professional actor in 1970. He has performed onstage in most U.S. states, in Canada and in Scotland and narrated over 500 audiobooks, both for the Library of Congress's recordings for the blind and the commercial market (see www.audible.com). He received his law degree at age 50 and became part of the Internet practice at Debevoise & Plimpton. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and has taught law in France and Colombia. GRANT'S INDIAN is his first novel.

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Grant's Indian
fiction — Historical Fiction
ISBN: 978-0981984209

Grant's Indian is a novel based on the life of Ely Parker, a Seneca Indian who — as Ulysses Grant's military secretary — penned the surrender at Appomattox.

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If you've ever wanted to learn more about America's Civil War, Peter Johnson's Grant's Indian is the book for you.

With the skill of a talented writer, Johnson brings this pivotal period in American history to life with vivid characters and sound research. The story — told through the eyes of Grant's Indian aide de camp and Seneca Indian chief, Ely Parker &mdash brings the reader into the thick of battle in horrifying detail. Along the way, there is insight into the drama of key military decisions that ultimately determined the outcome of the war.

Parker meets the future commander of Union forces at the back of a general store in Grant's hometown of Galena, Ill. You can almost smell the cigar smoke as the men gather to discuss politics and scandals, priorities and prejudices in 19th Century America. Grant himself is portrayed as a rough Army regular whose blunt ways and drinking habits make him an unlikely hero. But it is ultimately through the character of Ely, who falls in love and marries the step-daughter of a Union officer, that we discover the challenges and rewards of living in this complicated and racially-divided world.